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Ted Clifton welcomed into BIAW Hall of Fame

June 30, 2023

During the BIAW Summer Board Meeting in Spokane last week, Ted Clifton of Clifton View Homes and Zero-Energy Plans, LLC, was welcomed as the newest inductee into BIAW’s Hall of Fame.

His induction was announced during the 2022 Fall Board Meeting, but he was officially presented with his award in Spokane last week. The BIAW Hall of Fame honors those who have made significant and lasting contributions to BIAW and the residential construction industry as a whole.

A national leader in green building, Clifton was talking about zero energy well before it was even considered in many building circles. A designer and builder for more than 55 years with experience building in California, Alaska and Washington, Ted was a founding member and president of Built Green Washington.

Clifton built his first home at age 21 and his first zero-energy home around 2007. His numerous net zero homes produce enough electricity to offset the costs from the grid while also powering an electric vehicle for numerous miles per year.

With 14 zero-energy homes recognized by the Federal Department of Energy, Clifton View Homes has won at least one Housing Innovation Award every year since 2013, except in 2020.

Clifton is not only passionate about building zero-energy homes, but he also wants to teach others to do the same. He tirelessly teaches code change classes all over Washington state to be sure our members are fully aware of what is expected of them by the state.

Clifton has contributed his numerous talents to developing a process where builders can easily use formulas and tables to meet the requirements of the very strict Washington Energy Code and beyond.

Aside from his high-profile contributions to green energy/net-zero building, Clifton has also given much to BIAW and his community. He has been a BIAW director since 1999, including running through the chairs to serve as BIAW president in 2017. He was selected BIAW Builder of the Year in 2009 and became a BIAW Life Director in 2015. He is also an NAHB Life Delegate. He’s served in every leadership capacity at the Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association (SICBA) and continues to help wherever needed.

Congratulations, Ted, and welcome to the BIAW Hall of Fame!

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